Get Free Copy

92 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Kira Bacal would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

A Harmony of Worlds

By Kira Bacal All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Scifi

Blurb

Human Sam Ben-Davi and his best friend and roommate Flick, a member of a catlike race known as Leoans, are asked by the Dean to look after a new student, a green-skinned humanoid whose race has never before been encountered and whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Philo was recently found on a planetoid in uncharted space, and he is the only known member of his species. Philo himself has no recollection of having lived anywhere else, but he is very eager to join university life. Sam and Flick agree to help Philo adjust to modern society, and with the help of their mutual friend Quincy, another human, they do just that. Flick is an art major, while Quincy designs and builds weapons and Sam is the latest in a long line of spaceship pilots. Along the way, the four have a number of adventures, including foiling pirates, coping with obnoxious peers, getting caught up in a ritual duel, and panicking about exams.

Introduction

The following work has been taken from the diaries of the 247th monarch of Leo VII (N.C. 1022 - 1137), recorded while he was a student at university. In order to appreciate fully the activities chronicled in these pages, a brief review of the events of that era is necessary.

During this period of galactic history, also termed “The Dawn of the Golden Millennium”, the League of Worlds was still in its infancy, having been organized a mere seven decades earlier (N.C. 942). Interplanetary relations were for the most part cordial within the League’s borders, and the Space Navy (also known as the Fleet) patrolled to keep it so. Most threats came from lawless bands which lurked in little-traveled star systems, striking out at passing starliners or raiding isolated outposts. Few assaults came from without, but the League nevertheless maintained a well-equipped Fleet.

The terrible battles of the Gelfondian Wars still haunted the memories of the statesmen of that time, and they were determined never again to lapse into such a state of unpreparedness. Although the Fleet monitored the borders and enforced League laws, they were beginning to accept less belligerent duties as well -- a role they would wholly embrace over the following two centuries. It was in the year N.C.1026 that the Fleet frigate Kunze evacuated the colony of Meles II when its sun unexpectedly went nova. The rousing success of that mission caused the Fleet to reexamine its directives, and shortly thereafter, the phrase: “and assist” was added to the Fleet motto of “To defend our worlds”.

Meanwhile, the Explorer Corps, the exploratory arm of the Space Navy, was expanding the League’s boundaries on an almost daily basis. The two branches of the Navy, Fleet and Corps, coordinated their missions well, allowing each to use its resources effectively.

Within this atmosphere of peace and prosperity, there were nonetheless points of crisis. The League was still establishing itself, and there existed factions on several worlds which agitated for its dissolution. Inter-species relations were, likewise, relatively new and unexplored; many behaviorists of the day still maintained that beings from different worlds were incapable of working cooperatively.

In an attempt to disprove this theory, the Fleet launched the Endeavor in N.C.980, with a cross-cultural crew drawn from many different worlds. On her maiden voyage, the Endeavor unexpectedly encountered ships of the Krill’Taru, a previously unknown race of insectoids. Although the Krill’Taru at first reacted aggressively to the League vessel, the Endeavor’s crew, through a combination of luck, skill, and teamwork, managed to avert hostilities and establish friendly relations. (The Krill’Taru later joined the League in N.C. 1010.)

In the wake of this success, multi-species universities were created where students from all worlds could meet in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning. The most prestigious of these schools was situated on the island continent of Collegium on Ammerstia IV. Six thousand students from dozens of star systems studied on Collegium each year, earning degrees in a multitude of subjects. The future 247th monarch of Leo VII was one such student, attending the university from N.C.1042 - 1046. During that time, perhaps in recognition of his eventual role as leader of one of the key worlds in the League, he kept an extensive journal. With the approval of the Royal House of Leo VII, excerpts from that journal have been made public for the first time in the present work.

Much of the diary is, of course, concerned with the mundane aspects of everyday life at Collegium: schoolwork, social activities, etc. There are several episodes, however, which are quite extraordinary -- it seems that the future ruler and his friends attracted more than their share of excitement -- and which the students survived only because of the deep friendship which they shared. These four friends were, as you will see, from different planets, and it is the hope of the Leoan rulers that publication of their ancestor’s diary will further the cause of inter-species harmony.

Some editing of the diaries was required, both to preserve the privacy of those involved and to limit the following work to a reasonable length. This process has made the resultant manuscript necessarily disjointed in places; it is hoped that the reader will make appropriate allowances. Further, in an effort to present all sides as objectively as possible, the events are related in the third person. The future monarch was both scrupulously fair and extremely descriptive, so most of the characters’ viewpoints were well-represented in the original diaries. On the few occasions when motivations or events were left unclear, official records and/or other correspondence or diaries were consulted.

Respectfully submitted,

Ardman Nidoran,

Chief Archivist, Collegium Library

Get Free Copy
0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Diana123: This is a very intense and intriguing story. I love how it is mysterious and secretive and I have really enjoyed it. The moment when Kris meets Max and the way Elsa actually “introduces” him, by making Kris look at the picture on her iPad first is a scene that has stayed etched into my mind (amon...

Stevie Smith: Wow What a story i like the way this writer has took the time and went into every detail to explain what was actually happening in this story and i also found that the writer made sure that all of the characters had been described very well and it could be really intense as the story went on and ...

heavyreader: great scifi novels but needs a better spell checker (check auto-substitution level) and grammar checker!!! otherwise, ready for mass market publishing!!

Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

internathunal: I was held captive by your sense of style. I would love to see more from you. I enjoyed this immensely.

makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...

Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...

re8622: The Last Exodus quickly grabbed my attention. Almost as soon as I started reading the story, I couldn't put it down. I found that the ideas the author put forth were very thought provoking given the turmoil we have seen gradually rise over the last several years. I felt that I could understand th...

More Recommendations

Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...

Karl12: This is a very unusual sci-fi mystery. I enjoyed the suspense which was present throughout the story. I loved how I never knew what to expect from the characters. This made the story thrilling and made me suspicious of everything and everyone. You have a great style of writing – one which captiva...

SandraHan1: This story is very descriptive, with vivid scenes from the very beginning, which made for a good scene setting. I love the symbolism in names, such as “Naysayers”, “Hadd”, etc . The story itself is revolutionary, intriguing, emotional and exciting. I was very pleased to see that there is a happy ...

TonyHeredia: I've been reading science fiction and fantasy for many years and I still don't think I've read a story like this before. It is realistic, lusty and techy all at the same time. It jumps back and forth in time giving the reader two different versions of the same man. I found myself reading for h...